The year 2014 has been a pretty crucial year for representation in popular media. There have been a lot of highs and very many lows but the most important thing is that the conversation is being had and results are starting to show or will begin to reveal themselves soon. Its no secret that I am an outspoken feminist, I have shied away from the label in the past for fear of being placed into a category that is not necessarily well understood by the masses quite yet. The extent of my ‘activism’ has also grown exponentially over the past year almost without me knowing and without me really trying but almost being forced to, but I’ll get to that later.
This article is meant to highlight what had become my motto for atleast ¾ of the year and that was “For Inclusivity and Representations Sake.” It all started right after I saw Disney’s Frozen for the first time. The film received some criticism for its final act in which the sisters rely on each others true love to save themselves and the Kingdom at large. This twist ruffled some conservative feathers who believed that it was lesbian propaganda targeted at children. The sentiment was obviously ridiculous but it really highlighted how engrained the cultural idea that a female can not be a hero in her own story is, even in Western society. Couple that with the fact that seeing two females have a functional relationship that does not include a man at all was so inconceivable, really made me realise just how backwards the representation cause was in popular media.
That was just the beginning. However, like an annoying little brat a lot of titles in movies, anime and video games strove to break down these barriers almost as a direct response to the backlash and some of the personal highlights for me were;